At Wednesday night’s UPUA meeting, a policy revising the constitution in order to clarify the line of succession of the president was passed.
Policy 04-07 was passed in order to ensure that there is a system in place to protect against the simultaneous absence of both chief officers of University Park Undergraduate Association.
“The Internal Development committee has been working on this policy for three weeks,” UPUA Internal Development Chair Dray Krishnan said. “We took a look at Big 10 schools and other comparable institutions and came up with a good piece of legislation.”
The policy states if the president can no longer serve, the line of succession goes as follows– vice president, chair of the assembly and then president pro tempore.
Krishnan (sophomore-accounting and economics) said if both the vice president and the chair of the assembly are unable to ascend the position as president, the chief of staff would serve as president pro tempore.
Along with the passing of the policy regarding the line of succession, the assembly passed the amending of the budget to reallocate $23,000 into different areas of the assembly.
The $23,000 was left over from a portion of last year’s budget that was used in a project to extend the CATA white loop.
UPUA Off-Campus Representative Anthony Christina voted to amend the amendment to reallocate the funds.
Christina (senior-history) said the $5,000 taken from the $23,000 to be used in the funding of the UPUA Book Exchange Infrastructure should be moved into the discretionary account.
“This has been a project UPUA has been working on since I was a freshman,” Christina said. “I would be happy putting that money in the discretionary account for now, instead of putting it toward another technological upgrade that may or may not happen.”
However, after debate, Christina’s amendment failed.
“We are allotting the money to the book exchange incase we decide to go forward,” UPUA Academic Affairs Chairman Rick Pooler said. “I think this is the easiest way for us to help students save money on books because it cuts out the middleman.”
Rachel Miller (senior- international politics) and Anthony Panichelli (junior- international politics) were confirmed as the two new members of UPUA Board of Arbitration.
“I think we have two incredible qualified candidates,” UPUA Board of Arbitration Chief Justice Ryan Thomas. “I am really excited for the direction ahead.”
Caleb Fernandez (sophomore-communications) was also sworn in as the new on-campus representative.